Dark bedrooms – 11 ideas for inky colors and jewel tones

The night is falling, the stars are starting to twinkle, and these dark bedroom ideas will help turn your sleep space into a sanctuary of crepuscular slumber. 
A dark interiors scheme works in almost every area of the home, but especially well in the bedroom,’ says Nina Tarnowski, Founder, and Designer at Woodchip & Magnolia. ‘It creates a warm, cozy, and inviting space to retreat to at the end of the day.’

Along with the ‘cocooningfurniture trend, work-from-home life has induced a renewed respect for comfort, as well as creating areas of escapism in our homes. Dark bedrooms do just that, creating a sleep-friendly space imbued with densely hued decadence. And when it comes to bedroom ideas that lull us to sleep (stylishly), we’re all in favor.


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From daring black wall paint to forest green color schemes to take you back to nature, take a look at these stunning dark bedrooms, and find out from the experts how to recreate them.

(Image credit: Future/Jonathan Gooch)

Black bedrooms can be extraordinarily successful, and a great foil for a bedroom filled with artwork’, says Patrick O’Donnell, Brand Ambassador for Farrow & Ball

Darker colors form a much better background for paintings and artworks than white, which art galleries and museums have discovered’, concurs Martin Waller, Founder of Andrew Martin

For art-lovers who want to avoid bedroom color ideas that mimic the ‘white cube’ look, this is the most obvious way to allow an eclectic collection to pop from the walls. But it’s not the only option, as this black bedroom demonstrates, allowing a piece with a white background and mounting to really make a statement.

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A dark blue bedroom featuring a bed with a blue velvet headboard
(Image credit: Crown)

Dark colors are a great choice for the bedroom as they look wonderful at night,’ says Francesca Wezel, Founder of Francesca’s Paints. ‘Both dark green and dark blue are particularly soothing colors, which is exactly what you want for your bedroom.’ 

For blue bedroom ideas that mirror the night sky, opt for inky blues on the walls. Navy works really well when used in large amounts, while this midnight blue is a more luxurious alternative, deepened further by the use of blue velvet furnishings and a royal blue textured throw.

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A bedroom with black four poster bed, black and ochre floral wallpaper, and lots of patterned textures
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Dark bedrooms are never going to be subtle – so why not go all out and embrace the maximalist trend? ‘If you’re ready to jump into the deep end of moody interiors, go for oversized florals in rich jewel tones, a statement wall mural, or paint walls and the ceiling in inky blues and deep charcoal shades for a decorating scheme that adds a real wow factor,’ says Nina Tarnowski at Woodchip & Magnolia

In this opulent bedroom, a boldly patterned wallpaper sets the tone for the rest of the room’s blend of warm ochres and dramatic blacks. ‘Wallpaper has a huge impact on the mood of a room so it’s key to get the design right’, adds David Harris, Design Director at Andrew Martin. ‘Opt for darker, more dramatic tones such as purple or navy to make larger rooms appear more intimate.’

With our Wall Murals, you can cover an entire wall with a rad design – just line up the panels and stick them on. They’re easy to peel off too, leaving no sticky residue behind. With crisp, vibrant colors and images, this stunning wall decor lets you create an amazing permanent or temporary space. Available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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A bedroom with black panelled walls, white four poster bed, black and white soft furnishings and orange side tables
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If black bedrooms make you think of moody teenagers, then think again. Black wall paint is a major trend, one that brings sophistication and chic to bedrooms – as long as you pitch it just right. ‘Avoid pure black and look at slightly softer versions such as Farrow & Ball’s Railings, a dark slate version with just the tiniest hint of blue through it.’ says O’Donnell. 

Softening the shock of black is key to making it work. ‘Black interiors aren’t for everyone, so if you’re looking to dabble with the dark side, wallpaper is a great place to start, adds Tarnowski. ‘Opt for delicately patterned motifs that have a softer base tone like vintage brown with contrasting flecks of blush and black.’

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A bedroom with dark green painted walls and ceiling, and green bedding
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Deep greens are another restful color choice for a bedroom’, says O’Donnell. ‘Not only will green help impart the mood of relaxation, but it will create a lovely link to the outdoors.’

Green is trending across all parts of the house, as we hanker to get back to nature. To really capture that sense of walking through a forest, create your very own canopy with paint. ‘Try decorating on both the walls and the ceiling for a fully immersive experience, this will also help blur the boundaries of a room with limited space.’

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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A bedroom with black painted panelled walls, a white ceiling and wooden floors

Dark walls will make rooms feel smaller – which is great if you’re trying to make a large room feel cozy. But compact rooms can implode under an all-out dark paint scheme – something that may be putting you off the drama you can achieve with grey bedroom ideas, for example. The solution? Contrast dark walls with a white ceiling to open them up, and make them feel taller. 

Try something like Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe or De Nimes on the walls which never feels too cold or overwhelming, especially when used with an off-white for a clean contrast on the ceiling,’ says O’Donnell.

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A bedroom with wood panelled walls, and dark green silk bedding
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Dark blues, greens, and greys work really well with marble, brass, and walnut’, says Harris. ‘The rich background colors of paints such as Andrew Martin’s Greenwich Blue, Canopy, Welsh Slate and Wild Truffle set off these natural elements beautifully and add real luxury to a room.’

Richly toned materials will enhance a dark scheme’s decadence, but lighter woods and fabrics will freshen up a cooler look. ‘Dark colors look restful and sophisticated, but make sure to add some balance through accessories and furniture in lighter colors or natural textures, to give the bedroom warmth and light’, recommends Kathryn Lloyd, Color Specialist at Crown Design Studio

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A bedroom with black walls, a white bed with yellow throw, and black and white striped carpet
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Creating a dark bedroom isn’t all about the walls – you need to think about how your floor material and color will contribute to the effect. ‘A great way to brighten up the home, a light finish on the flooring will allow for contrast when paired against darker walls and furniture,’ says Jenna Kane, a member of the Product Development team at Kersaint Cobb

In this bedroom, a Kersaint Cobb carpet picks out the black from the wall color but brightens it with dominant white stripes. ‘Pale carpets are perfect for creating a light, airy look all year round and darker shades will help generate a rich and luxurious effect.’ 

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A bedroom with dark teal walls and a yellow ochre bedhead
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A common misconception of “dark interiors” is that everything needs to be in moody hues like black or grey,’ say Jenna Choate and Mariana Ugarte, Founders at Interior Fox. ‘But it’s possible to take a colorful base color and still design your room on the darker side.

It’s all about the shade you choose. Instead of yellow, opt for a dirty mustard – it’s a versatile shade that can be paired with black accents or complementary earthy tones like rusty terracotta and deep olive/avocado greens. If you’re focusing your darker color solely on the walls, it’s important to look for paints with high levels of pigment to achieve full coverage.

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A bedroom with a black wall, white curtains and cream rug
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If your home is a colorless oasis of taupes and off-whites, then you’re likely to feel like a dark bedroom isn’t for you. To quite the contrary, a dark bedroom works even better when it is a complete contrast to the rest of the house, zoning the sleep space as an area for unwinding. 

Particularly if the rest of your home is painted in light and neutral shades, it can feel very soothing to enter a bedroom with a dark color scheme,’ says Lloyd. ‘It will instantly help you switch off and relax.’

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A bedroom with grey soft furnishings, a black wall, and a night light over the bed
(Image credit: Iconic Lights)

Warm ambient lighting is essential in the bedroom, a non-directional light is best for setting a softer tone for the evenings,’ explains Natalie Mann, New Product Development Co-ordinator for Iconic Lights. Lighting is always an important consideration in the bedroom but is perhaps even more so when you’re balancing its use in a dark bedroom. 

Choosing the correct light bulb can make a world of difference in enhancing the natural light in a darker room,’ says Mann. ‘For the bedroom, a warm white bulb is best as it creates soothing, ambient light. Consider dimmer switches to allow for full control on varying the light intensity, meaning you can set the tone depending on the time of day.’

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Yes – darks are amongst the best colors for a bedroom

Contrary to what many people assume, dark colors are perfect for a bedroom,’ says Lloyd. ‘Inky blues, rich greens, charcoal greys, and deep berries create a cozy and enveloping atmosphere, ideal for a good night’s sleep.’

While light colors might help mornings feel brighter, what you really need from a bedroom is a space to relax, unwind, and ultimately sleep – surrounding yourself in dark colors will help convince your body clock that it’s time to nod off for the night. Blue is proven to be a particularly soothing color. 

Rule of thumb – don’t be afraid of the dark, as long as you’re bold and confident with your choice, you’ll be sure to love it,’ says Tarnowski.


If your bedroom is low on natural lighting, then embrace it. ‘While dark colors in a bedroom can often feel like a leap of faith, they can create beautifully cocooning spaces, especially if the room is poorly lit with natural light,’ says O’Donnell. 

Rather than fighting against it with lighter tints, indulge in a space that is naturally conducive to sleep, and turn it into a color-filled jewel box of a room by painting the walls and ceilings a richly hues emerald or sapphire. 

Paint is the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to transform a space, especially since there are more walls in a home than anything else,’ explains Waller. 

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